Yulun Wang

Chairman, Board of Directors

Chairman, Founder & Chief Innovation Officer, InTouch Health, Inc

Dr. Wang founded InTouch Health in 2002, and served as Chairman & CEO until 2016, when he assumed the position of Chairman and Chief Innovation Officer. InTouch Health is a pioneering and market leading telehealth company that enables patients to receive clinical care from specialists at a distance. InTouch has received numerous awards including Deloitte’s Technology Fast 500 Award and Inc Magazine’s Inc 500 award as one of the fastest growing companies in America. Previous to InTouch, Dr. Wang founded Computer Motion in 1990, the company which pioneered surgical robotics. He was the principal architect and inventor of the voice-controlled robotic arm called AESOP, the first FDA-cleared surgical robot, as well as the ZEUS robotic surgical system, which performed the world’s first transatlantic surgery. Computer Motion IPO’d in 1997 and merged with Intuitive Surgical (NASD: ISRG) in 2003 for one third of the resulting company. Dr. Wang is author to more than 50 technical publications and inventor on over 100 patents.

He has received multiple awards including UCSB’s Entrepreneur of the Year award as well as an Ernest & Young Finalist for Entrepreneur of the Year. Dr. Wang served on the board of directors of Hoag Memorial Hospital in Newport Beach, CA from 2008 to 2015, and served on the board of the American Telemedicine Association from 2010 to 2016, including as President from 2014 to 2015. Dr. Wang serves on the board of directors of Novaerus, a venture funded company that uses high plasma energy to clear air, since 2015. He has also served for many years on the Advisory boards of both the Electrical and Computer Engineering, and the Mechanical Engineering Departments of the University of California, Santa Barbara. Dr. Wang was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 2011, and served on the NAE Peer Committee from 2012 through 2015. In 2017 he was appointed as a Council Member on the California Council on Science and Technology. In 2017 he received the IEEE Medal for Innovations in Healthcare Technology. Dr. Wang earned his Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) in 1988. He is a frequent speaker at noteworthy events and conferences, and has been interviewed on the Today Show, Good Morning America, CNN, and others.



Susan Hackwood

Board of Directors

Susan Hackwood is Executive Director of the California Council on Science and Technology (CCST), and Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of California, Riverside. CCST is a not-for-profit corporation comprised of 200 plus science and technology leaders of the highest distinction. Sponsored by the key academic and federal research institutions in California, CCST advises the state on all aspects of science and technology including energy, information technologies, biotechnology, nanotechnology, stem cell research, healthcare technologies, climate change, disaster prevention technologies, intellectual property, technical workforce development, and education.

Dr. Hackwood received a Ph.D. in Solid State Ionics in from DeMontfort University, UK. Before joining academia, she was Department Head of Device Robotics Technology Research at AT&T Bell Labs, where amongst other things, she invented and named the electrowetting effect, now used in many micro devices and continuing to be researched and utilized in an increasing number of applications. In 1984 she joined the University of California, Santa Barbara as Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and was founder and Director of the National Science Foundation Engineering Research Center for Robotic Systems in Microelectronics (CRSM).

In 1990, Dr. Hackwood became the founding Dean of the Bourns College of Engineering at the University of California, Riverside, and the first woman dean of a major research university in the US. At UCR, she founded the Center for Environmental Research Technology, established the first multimedia laboratory on campus, pioneered research in swarm intelligence technologies, oversaw the development of several buildings and all research and teaching aspects of five degree programs to the Ph.D. level. Dr. Hackwood's current interests include science and technology policy, innovation mechanisms, distributed asynchronous and cellular robotic systems. Dr. Hackwood has published over 150 technical publications and holds seven patents. She is a Fellow of the IEEE and the AAAS and holds honorary degrees from Worcester Polytechnic Institute (PhD) and DeMontfort University, UK (DSc). From 2003-5 she was a Visiting Scholar at the Anderson School of Management, University of California, Los Angeles. In 2005 she was a visiting scholar at the California Institute of Technology.

Since joining CCST in 1995, Dr. Hackwood has worked extensively with industry, academia and government partnerships to identify policy issues of societal importance. She is also an active participant in regional and state economic development. With a strong interest in science and technology policy, Dr. Hackwood is involved with science and technology development in California, the U.S., Mexico, Taiwan, Vietnam and Costa Rica. She is the past Chair of the AAAS Committee on Science Engineering and Public Policy and was Chair of the Section on Societal Impacts of Science and Engineering. She has been the AAAS Engineering Delegate and a Member of the AAAS Committee on Nominations. She serves on the Board of Directors and consults on new product development for several technology companies. She co-founded and co- edited the Journal of Robotic Systems from 1984 to 2005.

As CCST Executive Director, she holds a nonvoting seat on both the Board of Directors and the Council.



Andrew MacCalla

Board of Directors

Andrew MacCalla is the Director of International Programs & Emergency Preparedness and Response at Direct Relief, the largest privately funded non-profit aid organization in California and the 7th largest in the country. Direct Relief works to provide essential medical resources to people around the world affected by poverty and humanitarian crises in over 80 countries and all 50 US States.

Andrew spent two years living in Haiti after the 2010 earthquake as the coordinator of Direct Relief’s response – the largest humanitarian effort since the organization was founded in 1948 –overseeing the distribution of over $350 million USD worth of essential medical materials to over 100 healthcare sites.

More recently, Andrew has been on the ground overseeing Direct Relief’s response to emergencies like Hurricane Sandy in New York, Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, the Ebola crisis in Sierra Leone and Liberia, the Syrian refugee crisis, Cyclone Winston in Fiji, and Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria.

Andrew studied Philosophy at University of California, Santa Barbara and has a master’s Degree in Public Policy and Management from the University of Melbourne. He has written numerous articles for the Huffington Post and The Sacramento Bee.

Andrew is also the founder of Sustainable Recycling Solutions, LLC, a social business working in Haiti to provide a solution to Haiti’s plastic waste and large unemployment problem.



Jan Campbell

Board of Directors

Jan Campbell is the Executive Director for Domestic Violence Solutions for Santa Barbara County.

She has more than 30 years of experience in leadership and community engagement, with a background in fundraising, grant writing, marketing, and communications. She most recently served as the Chief Philanthropic Officer at the Santa Barbara Foundation. In that position, she oversaw the foundation’s community investment and donor services functions, and together with her team, raised and stewarded hundreds of millions of dollars for the foundation and its initiatives.

Jan’s nonprofit experience includes work at the Page Youth Center and Heal the Ocean. She was a management consultant at Bartlett, Pringle and Wolf CPAs, the Vice President of Communications for an internet startup – WebAlg, and was the editor and publisher of the Valley Voice newspaper in Goleta. Jan has served on the boards of the UCSB Alumni Association, the UCSB Foundation, Montessori Center School and the Santa Barbara Education foundation. Currently she is a member of the Goleta Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. She is a member of three women’s funds, the Association of Fundraising Professionals and the Santa Barbara Women’s Political Committee.

A proud Gaucho, Jan holds a degree in English Literature from UC Santa Barbara and a certificate in accounting from UCLA. She lives in Santa Barbara with her husband Randy and is the mom of two daughters, Nora and Emma.



Robert Skinner

Board of Directors

Robert L. Skinner served as the Chief Innovation Officer and General Counsel for Montecito Bank & Trust, the oldest locally owned and operated community bank in Santa Barbara County, with assets in excess of $1 Billion.  Mr. Skinner is currently a member of the Bank’s Board of Directors and serves as the Chair of its Trust Committee.

Mr. Skinner serves in the capacities of Executive Vice President and General Counsel for The Towbes Group, Inc., a Santa Barbara based property management and development company.  Mr. Skinner is also a managing member of Towbes Capital Partners, LLC, a real estate investment company, and a founding member and Chief Executive Officer of Agility Capital, LLC., a venture debt fund.   

Mr. Skinner is on the Board of Directors of InTouch Health, Inc., a developer and manufacturer of Telemedicine in the clinical environment allowing physicians to deliver quality health care anytime, anywhere, and Barrister Executive Suites, Inc., a provider of fully serviced offices in Southern California for over 40 years.  

Mr. Skinner is a graduate of the University of Southern California with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration/Marketing in 1985 and a Juris Doctorate in 1990. In 1998, Mr. Skinner was appointed to the USC Gould School of Law Board of Councilors and served as its chair in 2013.  In 2017 Mr. Skinner was appointed to the USC Alumni Association Board of Governors.

Throughout his endeavors, Mr. Skinner keeps involved in Santa Barbara charities.  He has served on the Board of Trustees of The Towbes Foundation since 1996.  Mr. Skinner joined the Board of Trustees for the Santa Barbara Foundation in 2011, serving as the chair of the Foundation’s Strategy Grants Committee and a member of the Foundation Executive Committee.   Mr. Skinner joined the Board of Directors of Santa Barbara International Film Festival in 2013.  He previously served on the Board of Directors of Camerata Pacifica and the Foundation for Santa Barbara City College.



Ron Werft

Board of Directors

Ron Werft is President and Chief Executive Officer of Cottage Health, a not-for-profit multi-hospital system providing acute inpatient, outpatient, and emergency care. With hospitals in Santa Barbara, Goleta and Santa Ynez Valley, Cottage Health offers a broad scope of clinical services including those of the Cottage Rehabilitation Hospital and Cottage Children’s Medical Center. Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital serves as a teaching hospital for medical, surgical and radiology residents and a regional referral center for trauma, neurosurgery intervention, cardiovascular, psychiatry, and pediatric care.

Mr. Werft is a graduate of the University of California, San Diego, and holds a Masters in Hospital and Health Care Administration from the University of Minnesota. He is past chair of the California Hospital Association and Hospital Association of Southern California, serves on the board of Vizient West Coast and is a delegate to the American Hospital Association Region IX Policy Board.His local leadership includes service on the boards of directors for Santa Barbara Partners in Education, CenCal Health, and the Fighting Back Steering Committee for the Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse. He was awarded the 2013 CHA Award of Merit for outstanding contribution to the California healthcare community and the 2015 Walker-Sullivan Fellowship presented by California Health Foundation & Trust.